I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Perfection

Perfection

The Lord measures out perfection neither by the multitude nor the magnitude of our deeds, but by the manner in which we perform them.
— St. John of the Cross

Brothers & Sisters,

Stop for a moment and think about the times you wanted to do something perfectly and failed at it. How frustrated did you get? What was the outcome? Did you settle for the imperfect thing? When did you realize that perfection is merely a notion in our minds and not the reality in which we live? Perhaps you haven't realized that yet.

The struggle to be perfect in every way is a real one. We all know that one person that seems to be perfect in every way (hint: they aren't) and we try to live up to how that person acts, works, worships, etc. Living our lives this way is dangerous and can be detrimental to our well being. It all starts with being honest with ourselves. You are not that other person that you view as perfect, your flaws aren't exactly their flaws, and the same goes for your qualities. So why even try to be someone you aren't?

I firmly believe that the minute we begin to understand who we actually are throughout our entire being, we begin to realize who we aren't. It is at that moment that we stop looking at others as perfect beings that we want to become and understand that we're built to be the very best person we can be and nothing else. There are signposts all over the path we're on, and whether you believe in God or not if your life is continually directed at doing good things then you are well on your way to becoming the most perfect version of yourself.

At the end of each day, I take an inventory of what I've done, both good and bad. I examine what I could have done better and affirm what I feel was done well. It is in this inventory taking that I begin to develop a roadmap for my next day and I'll be the first to admit, I always find something to work on. I realized long ago I'm not perfect but if I live the best possible life that I can I know that I'll slowly and always be inching forward in the right way.

Yours,
Jeff

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